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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


German art medals of the First World War

Thursday 17 July,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking advised

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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Thomas Hockenhull, Curator of the British Museum display The other side of the medal: how Germany saw the First World War, discusses the Museum’s amazing collection of First World War German art medals. These powerful pieces reject formal commemoration in favour of expressive statements about the horrors of war and suffering of mankind. Yet how did they provoke such outrage from the British public?

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